Zwells wrote: »
Hey guys and girls i have a question! I'm not very experienced with studio photography, and this coming Sunday my union president asked me to do some head shots for our board, anyways the equipment i have is 2 alien bees (800s), with umbrellas, ( i don't have any soft boxes yet) i have triggers to set off the lights with my camera so my question is what settings and set up can use for these shots
Zwells wrote: »
i shoot with Nikon D750, and I'm guessing i can use my 28mm 1.8 or my 85mm 1.8.
Been a busy/hectic year for me. Shoulder surgery, lost my mom, daughter got married and I got the low construction bid on my other daughter's house. But we all have to march forward. Here is a pull back of a family session. Wanted to try mirrorless so I purchased a Sony A7rII and got a self contained (battery not corded) flash unit, Xplor 600. All work with High speed sync I could have lessened the intensity of the bright background but then I loss the mid ground and was not happy with the look so I went with what I liked. Iso 100, 85mm lens. f1.8 and 1/800 for the camera settings. Grandma to help with smile and keep the light from falling over.
The xplor was a tad too powerful as I wanted the flash closer to be a tad softer.
Those are nice Charles!
So sorry about your mom.
Long time my friend & sorry to hear about your mother. As always, the images look fantastic! Hope you're well Chuck...
Travis, hope all is well with you and the family. Let me know when you're coming by and I'll try to be at the studio. Do well friend.
Andee, thank you for your thoughts.
A few more from the session with the same set up.
Those are lovely, Charles! I esp love the warmth in the greenery behind them, in the one of the three sitting on the ground.
Life has been crazy this time of year for all but I thought I'd do a Christmas one for all. 6 lights in all with the last one behind me aimed at the ceiling to add to the shadows.
This one is an easy set up. A strip box slightly behind the subject on each side, same power. Make sure you don't completely light the nose. The front was a tad dark so I aimed a flash up at the ceiling way behind me and that gave just enough fill to lighten the front of the face. Added a blue gel on the bkg.
Very nice football portrait Charles!
Thanks Andee. Have a wonderful Merry Christmas.
Haven't been around for awhile so I thought I'd start with proper reflector placement. LOL.
lol Looks like you are having fun Charles!
Wanted to do a self portrait and was unhappy with the light hitting the head being so bright. When I reduced the light output everything was too dark so what to do. Use a gobo to block some of the light. I had a shawl used as a prop earlier so I draped it over the top of the main to cut down of light coming from the top of the box so less was hitting my head.Images a tad jumbled hope you can see the results.
Those are both nice but I do like the results of the one with the zipper sweater.
Funny how one can have a lot of gear but sometimes will still need to do a little 'MacGyver' to something to get the look we want. Thanks for sharing that info.
I jumbled the images. The black top was without the gobo and I put the sweater on for the final after I liked the lighting setup. The lighting is the same in both images except for the use of the shawl.
The shawl worked out really nice!
Been doing a few evenings of a ballet group and the second group only had a few gals so I had a couple of minutes to play. This child is in the seventh grade but when I saw those eyes I looked at my wife and she said lets use her veil. The veil was just a tiny piece of material that we could pull up and use it as a veil. I grabbed a small 14" kicker softbox and put it about two feet from her face with a reflector on the other side about the same distance. Had a hair light adjusted to barely hit her and part of the bkg. It was over and done in about two minutes. Did some eye work and an extra hit on the lip highlight and it was over and done.
That is beautiful Charles!
Thank you Andee. Sorry I didn't have a pull back it all happened so fast. Hope all is well with you.